(Please note: this list is not exhaustive, nor does it cover the entire West Michigan area. If you know a great dog park to include on this list, please pass it on!)
City: Grand Rapids
Address: 3895 Cherry Lane Ave SE (near Cascade Rd & 36th St)
Hours: dependent on day and membership, see website or call for more details
Cost: see website or call for more information
Comments: There is a registration fee, but you can get a day pass for Sunday. More information at http://www.shaggypines.com/.
City: Grand Rapids
Address: Lyon & Benjamin
Directions: Located in Richmond Park at Lyon & Benjamin S.W.
Comments: More information at http://www.grdogpark.com/. This off-leash dog park is the upper part of Fuller Park. There are two off-leash fenced enclosed areas. One is for small dogs and puppies, the other is much larger for bigger dogs to get a good run! There are no restrooms, unless you want to brave the port-a-john. There are also bowls for you to bring your own water for your thirsty dog, and often tennis balls and other toys around.
Park Township (Holland) Dog Park
Address: Ottawa Beach Road
Directions: Off Ottawa Beach Road just past 152nd Ave, enter the Ottawa County Fairgrounds entrance, follow signs
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Comments: Near Lake Michigan
Location: end of W. Sherman Blvd. at the beach
Land Area: 52.3 acres
Facilities: Parking lots (2), nature trails, barrier dunes, accessible dune walkways, playground, dune overlooks, picnic shelters, restrooms, basketball court.
Special Characteristics: Park has about one mile of Lake Michigan beach. There is an accessible ramp to the beach and into the dunes. The dog beach was created on the beach along the northern part of the park, and is open from April 1 to September 30. (All city of Muskegon beaches are open to leashed dogs from October 1 to March 31.) More information available at http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/departments/parks/kruse/.
Dog Star Ranch is a 48 acre facility, comprised of a renovated golf course surrounded by naturally wooded areas. They offer wooded walking trails, a pond, several separately fenced dog parks, agility courses, and a canine excavation area.
Visit their web site: http://www.dogstarranch.com/
Toll Free Number: 1-866 766-0444
4200 Whitehall Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49445
1/2 Mile South of Michigan’s Adventure
A group of dedicated dog owners is working hard to get an off-leash dog park somewhere in the Georgetown Township/Jenison area. Updates on their progress (and ways you can help!) are posted at http://www.gtwpdogpark.org/
Location: located in Marquette Park, 1414 Nagel SW (behind Kimble Stadium)
Phone: (616) 530-3164 (City of Wyoming, Parks and Recreation)
Hours: 7 am – 10 pm
Cost: $12 per dog per year for Wyoming residents ($24 for non-residents)
Comments: More information is available at http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/DogPark.asp. There are two fenced in dog runs (one each for small and large dogs), with running water available in warmer months. Dog areas are gated/locked and electronically controlled to keep non-members and dogs not current on vaccines out of the park. No puppies under 6 months of age. (No children under 10 allowed, children 11-13 must be accompanied by an adult.)